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The brutal “hunger strike” by Yale graduate students

I first noticed this story earlier this week and almost brought it up here before deciding that it really wasn’t all that remarkable. A group of graduate students at Yale went on a hunger strike this week to demand union representation and better benefits from the University. Considering the deal they were already getting it sounded a bit odd, but if you’re willing to starve yourself ...
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President Trump: First 100 days in office ‘most successful in US history’

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What’s on the Council Agenda for May 2? Major attack on home-sharing (STRP), more control over landfills, not much else.

The Metro Council will meet Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 6:30 PM in the Council chamber at the Metro Courthouse.  Council meetings are really boring and I watch them so you don’t have to and yet can still be a well-informed citizen of our city.  If, however, you are going to watch the council meeting, you really need the agenda and  the ...

In Baltimore, a success story in the war on gang violence

I sometimes fall victim to my own rather gloomy attitude about the current state of crime in the United States, particularly when it comes to some of the nation’s larger cities like Baltimore. I’ve found myself wondering more than once when I might finally have some good news to talk about for a change. This weekend my wish was answered. It’s not a happy story by any means, nor does it have a happy ending. But if nothing else it holds the promise for progress in the future. ...

Marcus: At a certain point, hasn’t Obama made enough money?

Sell-out. Hypocrite. Greedy. Critics of Barack Obama’s decision to take six-figure speaking fees from Wall Street have used or implied all of these terms — and that’s just from among the former president’s allies. Writing today in the Washington Post, Ruth Marcus concedes that thi...

Students despise Obama policies … when credited to Trump

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Professor Offended by Student Reading Bible, Calls Department Chair to Make Him Stop

Professor Offended by Student Reading Bible, Calls Department Chair to Make Him Stop: A history professor at Northern Arizona University was triggered by seeing a student reading his Bible in the few minutes before class started and called a department head in to force him to stop. Campus Reform published the audio of the conversation. ...

New Series on FixGov: Trump’s First 100 Days

By Christine Stenglein Today marks the 100th day of the Trump presidency. In the coming days FixGov will feature analysis of the administration so far by Brookings scholars and guest contributors. Here are a few of the posts to come: Elaine Kamarck, author of Why Presidents Fail And H...

Is MSNBC trying to carve out part of Fox News’ audience for themselves?

The media rumor mill has been churning ever since Fox News got into even more trouble stemming from the legal woes of both Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly. The cable news market is extremely competitive and if anyone smells blood in the water they’re no doubt ready to pounce. The New York Times was almost salivating over the possibility last week and they wer...

USDA to make school lunches edible again. Michelle Obama hardest hit.

With Sonny Perdue in at Agriculture you might expect him to kick things off with some changes to ethanol subsidies or President Trump’s new executive order designed to help out farmers. But he’s got something else on the menu (pardon the pun) which is long overdue and should be considerably easier to accomplish. While Barack Obama was in office there were some big changes to school lunches which were ostensibly intended to make them more nutritious, but actually wound up making th...

100 days then and now

(Scott Johnson) USA Today rounded up a panel of observers to grade President Trump on his first 100 days in office. Glenn Reynolds teaches law, presides over InstaPundit and writes a regular column for USA Today. It’s a tough crowd. Five of the 10 contributors award Trump a D are lower. Glenn stands out in the crowd. He awards Trump an A+. Grade inflation has...

Liberals, worry about citizens’ character, not just Trump’s

By Richard V. Reeves People are worried about the character of President Trump. Seasoned observers fear that he lacks the “temperament” for the office he occupies, and in particular the vital capacities for self-restraint, reflection, and empathy. This is understandable. The character of the commander-in-chief of the most powerful nation on earth is an important matter. But what about the voters? Many of us, including liberals, are happy to comment on the virtues and vices o...

So what’s really strangling ESPN?

By this time, most of you have probably already heard that ESPN laid off a hundred people this week, primarily from web side of the business. It’s been no secret for a while now that the network has been losing money and driving their new owners at Disney rather crazy by failing to meet financial forecasts. If you ask the tech sector experts they still seem to think that it’s just a natural result of the changi...

The Week in Pictures: The End is Nye Edition

(Steven Hayward) Who had the worst week in America? It has to be Bill Nye, once the Science Guy but now the Weimar Guy, noted here a few days ago for celebrating the World’s Worst Music Video Ever. Shall we make him the new face of Nyehilism? Yes, I think we shall. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party and the campus left (but I repeat myself) continues its rapid descent into the abyss of total...

The Week in Pictures: The End is Nye

(Steven Hayward) Who had the worst week in America? It has to be Bill Nye, once the Science Guy but now the Weimar Guy, noted here a few days ago for celebrating the World’s Worst Music Video Ever. Shall we make him the new face of Nyehilism? Yes, I think we shall. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party and the campus left (but I repeat myself) continues its rapid descent into the abyss of total...

How Soda Taxes Hurt the Poor

Santa Fe is in the process of voting on one of the most obscene soda taxes in the country. Typical. The point is to raise millions to create a Pre-K for children in Santa Fe who are impoverished.  It’s like this, Santa Fe is one of the most elitist, snottiest, and nastiest ...

The suppression of Jewish voices at Tufts and Pitzer

(Paul Mirengoff) Anti-Israel groups on college campuses have come up with a new tactic in their effort to pass BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) resolutions. They are manipulating the voting to exclude Jews from the process. At Tufts, a group called Students for Justice in Palestine decided to place an an...

NY Times Readers Lose Their Minds

(Steven Hayward) Bret Stephens recently left the Wall Street Journal editorial page to become an op-ed columnist at the New York Times. According to some reports he left the Journal because his unrelenting anti-Trump columns were becoming unwelcome, as the Journal‘s editorial page is trying to take a neutral attitude toward Trump, supporting him when they can, and attacking him when he deserves it. I don’t know whether this is true or not, bu...

Eco-Terrorism In Alabama?

(John Hinderaker) This story hasn’t gotten anywhere near enough attention. Dr. John Christy and Dr. Roy Spencer are eminent climate scientists. They are realists who have done much to demolish the hysterical claims of the politically- and financially-motivated climate alarmists. Both Dr. Christy and Dr. Spencer teach at the University of Alabama Huntsville, where there was a left-wing “march for science” last Saturday. The march passed near by the National Space Science a...

“The global effort to flatter Ivanka” [With Comment by John]

(Paul Mirengoff) That’s the title of this article by Amy Davidson of the New Yorker. It would be difficult to deny that such an effort is underway, as Davidson shows. The effort makes great sense. From all that appears, Ivanka Trump has influence with her father. Along with her husband, who apparently has become very influential, she is viewed as a force for moderation in the White...